Former Batley police HQ listed at 'knockdown' price

Former Batley police HQ listed at 'knockdown' price

THE former Batley police station will go under the hammer later this month.

The two-storey building, in Market Place, had been up for sale for almost a year but failed to reach its £325,000 guide price.

Now the station is to be auctioned at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium on Thursday February 27 – with a guide of £185,000. The station hasn’t been used for some time, with officers deploying from Heckmondwike to conduct patrols and call-outs in the town.

In online marketing material the 6,892 sqft station is described as a “substantial prominent two-storey office building … constructed in attractive stone under a pitched tiled roof, the property offers a mix of open plan and cellular office space”.

The building is not listed but lies within the Batley Market Place conservation area.

Original features include a ‘statement entrance’ and a holding cell block to the rear.

Pugh Auctions managing director Paul Thompson said: “This is a fabulous heritage building in a unique setting. The police station itself is not listed but there are several nearby listed buildings in Batley’s market place, which itself is in a great location next to the memorial park.

“We are hoping that the lower guide price will encourage an investor to take the unrivalled opportunity to give this landmark building a new future. We are already seeing lots of interest from potential buyers and there are a wide range of potential alternative new uses to which this property could be put, subject to any investor gaining the necessary planning consents.” 

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